Springtime Shooting in Olympic National Park
July 20th, 2013
This past May I spent 12 days leading two workshops and doing quite a bit of personal shooting in the Pacific Northwest. I teamed up with friend and Colleague , Alex Mody, who now lives in Olympia, Washington. We had an amazing time and although I lost some prize images to my laptop being stolen out of Alex’s truck at the Oneonta Gorge trailhead the trip was a huge success! In fact, Alex and myself will be teaming up again next April to lead a Columbia River Gorge Wildflowers and Waterfalls Workshop and a Oregon Coast Workshop. More details to follow on these workshops. Below are a few of my favorite shots (the ones not lost to my stolen laptop anyway) from a week shooting in Olympic National Park.
Above is my favorite coastal image from the week shot at Split Rocks on Rialto Beach. A 1.5 mile hike north along the beach puts you right below these amazing sea stacks. The weather this evening was quite dramatic with storms rolling in and out all afternoon. A brief break in the clouds on the low northern horizon provided some really dramatic light at sunset. It didn’t last long, but long enough to capture this image. Single exposure RAW. Nikon D800, 14-24mm.
Aside from some of the most accessible and dramatic coastline in the US, Olympic National Park is also home to some of the most beautiful and lush rain forests in the lower United States. This image of a Vine Maple was captured in the Hoh Rainforest, instead of shooting a bunch of static images from the roadside, I explored the woods looking for dramatic shape based wide-angle comps. This provides for a much more interesting and intimate portrait of this amazing environment. Nikon D800, 14-24mm, Fotodiox CPL.
If you visit the northern coast of Washington and Oregon, be prepared for bad weather, often! I made the most out of a stormy sky that lasted for days by working dramatic Black & White images on the coast. Shooting at twilight, I was able to drag a long exposure of a receding wave going back out to sea below this impressive little sea stack. I climbed through a small cave to reach this location and was quite worried about a rogue wave breaking into the cave and washing me out with it. I got my shot and got the hell out of there! Nikon D800, 14-24mm, Singh Ray 3 stop ND soft graduated filter.
Thanks for having a look everyone. Next post will be a collection of my favorites from a week exploring the Columbia River Gorge. As always I appreciate your continued support of my work. Please feel free to leave a comment or share this blog with your social networks.